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POLISH TOAST

STO LAT STO LAT NIECH ZYJE}NAM
TRANSLATION: 100 YEARS, 100 YEARS, LET LIVE FOR US

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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THE POLISH CUSTOM OF DYNGUS, ON ST. STEPHENS DAY, IS FOR THE BOYS
TO TAKE A BRANCH FROM A TREE OR A BUSH, STRIP IT, AND THEN GENTLY
WHIP THE GIRL'S LEGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Lower body, legs

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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AN ITCHING RIGHT HAND PALM IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK WHILE AN ITCHING
LEFT PALM IS A SIGN OF FINANCIAL LOSS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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POLISH RHYME FOR NEW YEAR'S

NA SZCZESLIE NA ZDROLWIE NA TYN NOWY ROCZEK
ZE BY NAS PAN BO G ZACHOWAL OD TYCH CZERWONYCH MRO CZIEC
ZYCZE ZYCZE I NIE PREZSTANE
ZYCZYE DO PUKI CO DOSTANE
TRANSLATION: I WISH YOU HAPPINESS AND HEALTH FOR THIS NEW YEAR
THAT GOD SHOULD PROTECT US FROM RED ANTS.
I'M WISHING, WISHING, AND I WILL NOT STOP WISHING TILL I GET
SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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A BAG OF CHARMS, CALLED AN ASP, WAS A VERY POPULAR SUPERSTITION
AMONG SOUTHERN BLACKS. IT SUPPOSEDLY KEPT ALL BAD THINGS AWAY FROM
YOU. IT IS SUPPOSED TO GUARD YOUR HEALTH. THE INGREDIENTS,
ALTHOUGH UNKNOWN, WERE VERY FOUL SMELLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET ; ASAFETIDA ? ; NEGRO

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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COUNTING OUT

DURING HIDE'N'SEEK THE PERSON WHO IS "IT" RECITES THIS
VERSE:
APPLE, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY, HOLLER "I."
IF A PLAYER IS NOT READY HE HOLLERS "I," AND TH ONE
WHO IS"IT" WILL WAIT A FEW MORE SECONDS, AND REPEAT
THE VERSE UNTIL EVERYONE IS READY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

MEMBERS OF A GROUP HOLD OUT BOTH HANDS, FISTS CLENCHED. A
LEADER, WITH FIST CLENCHED, TAPS EACH MEMBER'S HANDS WHILE
SINGING OR SAYING THE FOLLOWING DITTY. EACH HAND IS TAPPED
ONCE FOR EACH WORD, AS IN EENY, MEENY, MINNY, MO.
ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.
THE MEMBER WHO IS TAPPED ON THE WORD "OR" IS ELIMINATED.
HE HOLDS THE FIST THAT WAS TAPPED BEHIND HIS BACK. IF
BOTH FISTS ARE TAPPED HIS IS COMPLETELY ELIMINATED. THE
LAST PERSON WITH A FIST REMAINING IS THE LEADER. THE
PROCESS IS USUALLY USED TO CHOOSE A LEADER FOR A GAME,
A TEAM CAPTAIN, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

"GOOD AS GOLD."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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LUCK OF THE FAMILY.
WHEN VISITING A HOUSE IN IRELAND ONE MUST ALWAYS LEAVE BY THE
SAME DOOR YOU CAME IN, OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE STEALING THE GOOD

James Callow comment: INCOMPLETE ITEM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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THE BELLS OF GLEN LEE

THE INFORMANT WENT TO LONDON WITH THE LAIRD'S FAMILY WHILE HER
FAMILY STAYED BEHIND AT GLEN LEE, THE COUNTRY ESTATE, AS CARE-
TAKERS. THEY SLEPT IN THE SERVANTS' QUARTERS ABOVE THE KITCHEN
WHERE THE BELLS WERE TO CALL THE SERVANTS. THERE WAS NO ONE ELSE
IN THE HOUSE, BUT SEVERAL TIMES THEY HEARD THE BELLS RING. THE
INFORMANT'S FATHER ATTEMPTED TO DISCOVER A CAUSE, BUT WAS UNABLE
TO DO SO. THIS WAS ABOUT 1917. GLEN LEE IS IN NEW GALLOWI,
KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE IN SCOTLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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PREVENTION OF LIGHTENING

IN RABKA, A POPULAR RESORT IN THE TATRA MOUNTAINS OF POLAND, MY
GRANDMOTHER RECALLS THAT IT WAS THE PRACTICE OF THE PEOPLE TO
RING THE BELLS IN THE CHURCH TOWER WHENEVER A THUNDER STORM
CAME. THE BELLS WOULD BE RUNG ALL THROUGH THE STORM SO THAT
LIGHTENING WOULD NOT STRIKE IN THE AREA, AND LIGHTENING HAS NEVER
BEEN KNOWN TO STRIKE WHEN THIS PRACTICE WAS DONE.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER REMEMBERS THIS FROM THE TIMES SHE VACATIONED IN
RABKA, POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-22-1967

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INFORMANT WORKS WITH MY FATHER AT FORD MOTOR CO.,DEARBORN,
MICHIGAN AND TOLD THESE HUNGARIAN SALUTATIONS AS FOLLOWS:
(BOLDOG) KARA' CSONY- HAPPY CHRISTMAS
HUSVET (KELLEMES)- PLEASANT EASTER
UJ-EV (BOLDOG)- HAPPY NEW YEAR
ISTEN ELTESSEN OR ELTESSE- GOD BE WITH YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ; FORD MOTOR CO

Keyword(s): SALUTATIONS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 12-01-1971

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INFORMANT WORKS WITH MY FATHER AT FORD MOTOR CO., DEARBORN
MICHIGAN AND HE TOLD THESE ITALIAN SALUTATIONS AS FOLLOWS:
"DIO TI BENEDICI"-MAY GOD BLESS ALL YOUR YEARS-BIRTHDAY
"BUON NATALE"-MERRY CHRISTMAS
"BUON CAPO D'ANNO- HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ; FORD MOTOR CO

Keyword(s): SALUTATIONS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-30-1971

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WAKES

YOU HAVE A WAKE WHEN SOMEONE DIES TO WISH THEM LUCK ON THEIR WAY.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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NEW YEAR'S EVE

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, BANG POTS AND PANS TO WELCOME THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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HALLOWEEN

ON HALLOWEEN, EAT CHILI AND YOU GET GOOD TREATS.

Submitter comment: ON HALLOWEEN MY MOTHER ALWAYS MADE CHILI BECAUSE IT WAS A QUICK
MEAL. SINCE NONE OF US LIKE CHILI, SHE TOLD US WE
WOULDN'T GET ANY TREATS IF WE DIDN'T EAT IT.

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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DEVIL'S NIGHT

ON DEVIL'S NIGHT RING DOORBELLS AND SOAP WINDOWS
TO SHOW YOUR RESPECT FOR THE DEVIL'S POWER.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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WAITRESS BELIEF ABOUT SILVERWARE

NEVER PUT SILVERWARE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF A CUSTOMER
OR YOU WON'T GET A TIP.

Submitter comment: THIS HAS A LOT TO DO WITH A RIGHTHANDED CUSTOMER
HAVING TO REACH OVER FOR HIS SILVERWARE.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; RIGHTHANDEDNESS ; TIPPING

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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FIRST CHILD

IF THE FIRST CHILD IS A GIRL, NAME IT AFTER HER MOTHER AND YOUR
NEXT CHILD WILL BE A BOY.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Birth
SPEECH -- S583

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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